Cat," born Melvin L. Hendrex, Jr. on the 6th
of August, 1949 in Jackson, Mississippi to Melvin
and Naomi Hendrex. His talents were recognized
when he was three. His father along with his
teachers started to cultivate his gifts early. A
child prodigy, he has worked most of his life
starting with teas, weddings and private parties
and then onto piano bars, six nighters and tours.
He has played from juke joints to the London
Paladium for the Queen.
He was returning from a
performance in Tallahassee April, 2001 when he
was involved in a serious accident which claimed
the life of one member of the group. Doctors
predicted partial paralysis and the end of his
performance career. "House" said in a
Clarion Ledger newspaper interview, "I broke
everything but my back and my smile."
Friends of "House" have been amazed at
his miraculous recovery.
ventures include developing a new band,
"House Cat" and launching a new CD
project, "Sophisticated Blues"
featuring the single, "Back in the Saddle
Again." The CD will be available soon.
is currently performing throughout Mississippi.
He is collaborating on several projects with MAC
Artist Roster storyteller, Diane Williams.
His band, "House Cat"
performed in Vicksburg April, 2002 during
He is working
with Lucille and her husband,
John, in their recording studio in Vicksburg,
Mississippi on his current CD project, "Sophisticated